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Films on Gandhi’s life and philosophy to mark 17th edition of Pune International Film Festival

first_imgThe sesquicentennial birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi will constitute the theme at the 17th edition of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) which is set to enthral cineastes with its traditional offering of upscale cinema from across the globe. The eight-day cinema extravaganza is organised by the Pune Film Foundation in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra and will be held from January 10 to January 17 across four venues in the city, where audiences will be treated to a delectable mix of world cinema as well as the best in regional films.“Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution far transcends the Independence saga… His philosophy and teachings have significantly impacted the world and his ideas are apparent in cinema across the globe. Hence, this year along with our cinematic offerings, PIFF has decided to showcase selected films focusing on the life and reflecting the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi on his quest for the truth,” said eminent filmmaker Jabbar Patel, director, PIFF.Among the films on Gandhi to be screened include the 1968 documentary titled Mahatma: The Life of Gandhi by Vitthal Jhaveri, a freedom fighter and filmmaker who was closely associated with the Mahatma since the Salt March or ‘Dandi March’ in 1930.Mr. Patel further informed that as other eminent litterateurs and musicians like P.L. ‘Pu La’ Deshpande, G.D. Madgulkar, Sudhir Phadke and table maestro Alla Rakha were having their birth centenaries, films which featured their contribution would be screened as well.Around 150 films, judiciously selected from 1634 entries across 114 countries will be screened during the course of the festival. Fourteen films will compete in the two sections under the respective rubrics of ‘World Cinema’ and ‘Marathi Cinema’, said Abhijit Ranadive, creative head of the festival.The City Pride multiplex in the city’s Kothrud area is to function as the festival’s nerve centre, with screenings, workshops, panel discussions and film seminars centred in this main venue.The National Films Archive of India (NFAI) along with two other ‘City Pride’ branches will be the other screening venues.The PIFF, which began in 2002, has increased in prestige and popularity over the ensuing years, being denoted as the State’s ‘official’ film festival since 2010.Despite this, festival organisers have pointed to a lack of funds, claiming that the State Ministry of Culture appeared unwilling to raise the grant allocation despite repeated requests from festival organisers to do the same.“We have been persistently demanding that the budget be raised to enable us to expand the scope of the programme. Furthermore, the screening fee to be paid to distributors has dramatically shot up in the last few years, putting great strain on our resources which are already stretched,” Mr. Patel said.last_img read more


Lewis Hamilton crowned F1 champion at royal palace

first_imgBritain’s Lewis Hamilton was handed the Formula One world championship trophy for the fourth time on Friday at a gala prizegiving ceremony in the sumptuous palace of France’s former monarchy.With Formula One chairman Chase Carey looking on, newly-re-elected International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt handed the 32-year-old Mercedes driver the silverware he won in Mexico with two races to spare.”This has been an amazing year,” Hamilton told the audience of champions and FIA members gathered in the palace’s 18th century opera.He’ll pick up the coveted trophy for the 4th time later on Friday in Paris – but how many more world titles does @LewisHamilton think he can win?#F1 Formula 1 (@F1) December 8, 2017″I hope that next year’s an even better year for all of you. I know for me that I’m going to try to do better.”Hamilton won nine of 20 races in 2017 and set an all-time record of 72 career pole positions as well as scoring points in every grand prix.Asked earlier for his highlight of the season, Hamilton singled out his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone because of the support he received after the ‘negativity’ surrounding his failure to take part in an earlier London event.He had also told reporters that while he did not like going to award ceremonies, or being on stage, he enjoyed watching others succeed.Mercedes won both championships for the fourth year in a row but team boss Toto Wolff said 2017 had been particularly difficult.advertisement”We keep it now,” he said after being handed the constructors’ trophy by Carey.The Chateau de Versailles is not your average party venue, as @LewisHamilton has just discovered Formula 1 (@F1) December 8, 2017Red Bull’s 20-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen beat a field that included Hamilton and his own Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo to the ‘Personality of the Year” award for the third successive year.The award is selected by permanently accredited media from all FIA championships.”I always try to be honest and straightforward so I guess that gave me the personality again this year,” said the winner of two races in 2017.”It was a hard season but I learnt a lot from it.”Monaco’s Formula Two winner and 2018 Sauber F1 driver Charles Leclerc won the Rookie of the Year award while Finnish rally driver Esapekka Lappi won the ‘Action of the Year’ for a jump in the Rally of Portugal.British teenager Billy Monger, who had his lower legs amputated after an horrific smash in a Formula Four race at Donington Park in April, was presented with an FIA president’s special award.Monger, who has already returned to driving, walked out onto the stage on prosthetic legs to a resounding ovation.A very special moment as @LewisHamilton collects the world championship trophy for the 4th time – and is joined on stage by @BillyMonger#F1 #FIAPrizeGiving Formula 1 (@F1) December 9, 2017last_img read more


Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan media claims Imran Khan to watch Indo-Pak match in Dubai

first_imgPakistan media claims that newly-appointed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will be in Dubai to watch the India-Pakistan match on Wednesday.Imran, a legendary former Pakistan cricket captain, is also the patron-in chief of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: Live Score”Prime Minister Imran Khan will watch the Pakistan-India Asia Cup clash in Dubai on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said,” GEO TV reportedThe Pakistan PM left for his first foreign visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.Read – Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia CupThe arch-rivals are facing each other for the first time in the United Arab Emirates since 2006.Incidentally, Imran was the captain of Pakistan for the better part of the India-Pakistan matches in Sharjah from the mid 80’s to early 90s.The Wednesday match between the two neignbouring countries is going to be the first one in 2018 and the first since the 2017 Champions Trophy final.In their previous match, Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs to clinch the ICC Champions Trophy title.Read – India a better side even without Virat Kohli, says Sourav GangulyIndia’s match against Pakistan will be theirs second in two days as they take on Hong Kong on Tuesdy in their tournament opener.The Indian side would be without captain Virat Kohli as he has been rested by the Indian selectors. Rohit Sharma is leading the side in Kohli’s absence.Speaking about Kohli’s absence at Salaam Cricket 2018, Wasim Akram said Pakistan bowlers will be more confident and will be psychologically boosted. Drawing a comparison with his own is experience, Akram said that he would be more confident as a bowler when batsmen like Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar did not play for India.advertisement”Kohli has been rested and that is the right decision. When Gavaskar, Azhar and Tendulkar did not play, I was high on confidence. The Pakistan bowlers will be psychologically boosted with Kohli being rested,” Akram said at the first session, named ‘Diggajon Ki Nazar Se’ at the Salaam Cricket 2018 held at the Hotel Address Boulevard in Dubai on Monday.When Akram was asked who were the favourites between India and Paksiatan in their Asia Cup blockbuster clash, “India favourites on paper,” he said.But former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels it will be Paksitan who will go into the match as favourites, saying that they will their morales high especially after their victory over their neighbours in the final of the Champions Trophy final in England last year.”The last defeat creates a touch of uncertainty in your mind,” Gavaskar said at Saalam Cricket 2018.last_img read more


Scarlets’ Johnny McNicholl calls for artificial pitches to be banned

first_imgJohnny McNicholl has called for artificial pitches to be outlawed after he and a number of his Scarlets team-mates suffered burns and blisters during Friday night’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final in Glasgow and the region’s Scotland captain, John Barclay, ruptured an achilles’ tendon that will keep him out for six months.The following day the Wasps flanker Jack Willis, who had just been called into the England squad, ruptured ligaments in his right knee on Saracens’ artificial pitch and will be out of action for up to a year. Last month the Pau back-row Steffon Armitage ruptured an achilles’ tendon during the European Challenge Cup semi-final defeat at Cardiff Blues and is unlikely to play again this year. Reuse this content Read more Share on Pinterest World Rugby has conducted injury surveys on artificial pitches, including incidents involving concussion, and no material difference has been found with grass surfaces. It says it has put robust processes in place for the accreditation of firms who produce the pitches and on their installation.Glasgow and the Blues are the two teams in the Pro14 who have artificial pitches while in the Premiership Saracens, Newcastle and Worcester have them. Gloucester intended joining them next season but after taking advice from their players, the club is spending £1m on a surface that will be a hybrid of grass and artificial grass fibres. Share on Facebook Sign up for The Breakdown, our weekly rugby union email. Share via Email Share on Messenger Leinster Share on LinkedIn Rugby union Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Glasgow Rugby Scarlets news Exeter and Saracens show pedigree to promise spectacular grand finale Share on Twitter “I do not like playing on artificial pitches because you run a high risk of being injured,” said McNicholl, the New Zealander who played at full-back in Glasgow. “I went down on the deck for the ball and got a massive grass burn on my backside. I have a dozen grazes and my feet are numb. I have been sticking to the sheets for the last few nights.“I hope more of these pitches do not crop up because I would not want to play on them. Our physio’s room has been packed this week and I was not the worst. I said to the trainer during the game that such a pitch should be made illegal. I much prefer grass.”The Scarlets’ head coach, Wayne Pivac, described Glasgow’s pitch as “very bad” and said that the number of players who needed treatment this week had hampered training preparations for Saturday’s Pro14 final against Leinster in Dublin. “No one was able to train yesterday [Monday] and many sat it out today, which was unfortunate,” he went on. “It is not anything that will stop them playing this weekend but it is not ideal. I am not a fan of these pitches.”Glasgow said they were “entirely happy” with the pitch at Scotstoun Stadium, which was installed in 2016 and was fully compliant with the performance specification of World Rugby, which has held a World Series sevens event at the ground. Topics Support The Guardianlast_img read more


Bayern loanee Sanches set for speedy return

first_imgPremier League Speedy Swansea return expected for Bayern Munich loanee Sanches Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:29 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Renato Sanches Swansea City Getty Images Premier League Swansea City Chelsea v Swansea City The on-loan midfielder will make a quicker-than-expected return to action, according to Swans manager Carlos Carvalhal Renato Sanches will be ready to return for Swansea City in March, says Carlos Carvalhal, who rejected suggestions the on-loan midfielder could be out long-term.Sanches has struggled to make an impact during a loan spell from Bayern Munich, with the Portugal international yet to score a goal or record an assist in 12 Premier League appearances.AdChoices广告The 20-year-old was initially made a key part of Carvahal’s side after his compatriot’s appointment as the successor to Paul Clement, but has been on the sidelines since Swansea’s FA Cup draw at Notts County on January 27. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Clement told The Times earlier this month Sanches was “damaged” on his arrival at the Liberty Stadium after failing to make the grade at Bayern, and Swansea have won three successive home matches in his absence, but Carvalhal is hoping to welcome the midfielder back to action soon.”He is progressing,” Carvalhal told reporters on Thursday ahead of a return to his former club Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.”In the beginning they said it could be long-term, but I believe he will come back next month. That’s my feeling – I think he will be back sooner than we expect.”Andre Ayew and Andy King will miss the trip to Hillsborough as they are cup-tied, while veteran midfielder Leon Britton is a doubt, but Angel Rangel and Wilfried Bony are both on the comeback trail after undergoing surgery on abductor and knee injuries respectively.”Angel is looking well,” Carvalhal said. “He has had a successful operation and he will be back before the end of the season.”Wilfried has also had his operation. I talked with him last night – he is feeling well.”Renato Sanches Swansea CitySwansea are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, Carvalhal having led his side out of the relegation zone after being appointed as Clement’s replacement with the team bottom of the Premier League.And the Portuguese coach accepts Swansea’s main goal is staying in the Premier League, rather than targeting an FA Cup run.”Maybe for me as a manager, it would be fantastic to win a trophy,” Carvalhal added. “But I am not selfish, and I know the most important thing for the club is to stay in the Premier League.”I went to Wembley with Sheffield Wednesday [in the Championship play-off final] and I liked it there. I would love to go back and I believe that in the course of my career I will do that, whether it is this season, next season or another season.”But the cup is not our priority. Our priority is to stay in the Premier League and we will make changes to our team because we do not want to take any risks.”We will try to put out a strong side which is good enough to progress to the next round. But also we have to protect the players who have little problems and can pick up injuries.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Lukaku lethal as Belgium beat Panama

first_imgBelgium 3 Panama 0: Mertens magic sets up Group G win Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:54 6/19/18 Dries Mertens Getty Images Panama’s first ever game at the World Cup ended in a 3-0 loss to Belgium, a super strike from Dries Mertens breaking the deadlock. Dries Mertens scored a stunning volley and Romelu Lukaku was twice on target as Belgium started their Group G campaign with a 3-0 defeat of World Cup debutants Panama in Sochi.Belgium impressed in an unbeaten qualifying campaign, becoming the first European nation to book their place at Russia 2018.But Roberto Martinez’s side struggled to break Panama down in a flat first half at the Fisht Stadium on Monday, requiring a moment of magic from Mertens to break the deadlock in the 47th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Panama almost mustered a rapid leveller but Thibaut Courtois made a smart stop to keep out a low strike from Michael Murillo, before Lukaku struck twice in six minutes to settle the contest.Lukaku nodded in a sensational Kevin De Bruyne pass and the Manchester United striker then scored a cute chip, though Panama can take heart from a promising display ahead of games against England and Tunisia.Martinez’s golden generation have been tipped as potential champions, but Belgium – beaten by Wales in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals – will likely need to improve on an often-underwhelming performance when they face stronger opposition.2 – Dries Mertens is the first Belgian player to score in two different World Cup tournaments since Marc Wilmots (1998 and 2002). Stellar. #BEL #BELPAN #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018Panama made a nervy start to their World Cup bow with Yannick Carrasco and Mertens forcing early saves from goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.Eden Hazard hit the side-netting after pouncing on a loose backpass from Roman Torres, Panama’s captain making amends with a terrific touch on a low De Bruyne right-wing cross that ensured Lukaku could not tap in at the back post.Hazard fired wide in the 26th minute and the Chelsea forward, who hinted pre-match he could be interested in joining Real Madrid, was left hobbling by heavy challenges from Murillo and Torres.The Belgium captain, deputising for the injured Vincent Kompany, shook off the blows and forced Penedo into a save with his legs, as Panama remained relatively comfortable.Belgium struggled to create clear openings in the first period but within two minutes of the restart they led thanks to an early contender for the goal of the tournament.Panama failed to clear their lines properly and when the ball fell to Mertens on the right side of the penalty area, the Napoli forward thumped a dipping volley that flew past Penedo.De Bruyne almost swiftly doubled the lead but narrowly missed the target with a 25-yard free-kick that curled away from Penedo’s right-hand post.When wing-back Carrasco switched off at the back, allowing Edgar Barcenas’ pass to drift over his head, Courtois had to be alert to smother an effort from Murillo.5 – Only Jan Ceulemans (6) has scored more goals in major tournaments (World Cup and EUROs) for Belgium than Romelu Lukaku (5, level with Marc Wilmots). Target.#BEL #BELPAN #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018That proved to be Panama’s best chance of claiming a draw and Belgium doubled their lead in the 69th minute after VAR ruled Lukaku was marginally onside.Hazard and De Bruyne combined brilliantly on the edge of the box, the latter’s sublime floated cross to the back post providing Lukaku – who hit 11 goals in qualifying – a simple headed finish.And when Panama lost possession in their own half, Belgium sprung a clinical counter-attack with Hazard’s pass perfectly timed for Lukaku to run clear and lift a fine finish over the onrushing Penedo, showing Belgium will be a World Cup threat if they hit top gear. Key Opta stats:- Belgium are now unbeaten in their last 10 World Cup group games (W5 D5 L0), winning each of their last five.- Each of the last 11 goals that Belgium have scored in World Cup matches have come after half-time.- Belgium have won all 13 international matches that Dries Mertens has scored in.- Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 13 of Belgium’s last 19 goals (11 goals, two assists).- Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 16 goals in his last 15 appearances for Belgium (eight goals, eight assists). read morelast_img read more


2015 Queensland Junior State Cup

first_imgA record 210 teams will take to the fields at Hervey Bay Sports Complex this weekend to compete in the 2015 Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup. Teams across 10 divisions, from under 10’s through to under 18’s, will take part in the three day event, from Friday, 10 July through to Sunday, 12 July 2015. To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the 2015 Queensland Junior State Cup, please visit the following website and social media pages:Website – – Twitter – – 2014 Queensland Junior State Cup results10’s BoysToowoomba White 3 defeated Gold Coast (A) 110’s GirlsGold Coast (A) 3 defeated BMTA Red 112’s BoysToowoomba White 3 defeated Palm Beach Blue 212’s GirlsBMTA Red 6 defeated Toowoomba White 214’s BoysGold Coast (A) 6 defeated BMTA Red 514’s GirlsGold Coast (1) 5 defeated BMTA Red 016’s BoysRockhampton 4 defeated Gold Coast (A) 316’s GirlsKawana 8 defeated BMTA 618’s BoysRedlands 5 defeated Rockhampton 318’s GirlsCaboolture 4 defeated Redlands 2Related Links2015 QLD JSClast_img read more


a month agoWatford defender Cathcart: Players to blame for Gracia axe

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Cathcart: Players to blame for Gracia axeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Craig Cathcart says the players are to blame for Javi Gracia’s sacking.Cathcart was visiting his parents when he found out the news about Gracia’s sacking – and subsequent replacement by Quique Sanchez Flores – and said he and his team-mates could have done more to keep him at Vicarage Road.”I think as players if a manager gets sacked you do feel a sense of responsibility of not doing your job properly,” said Cathcart.”I think a few of us have to look at ourselves for that, the results weren’t going the way anybody wanted them to, as a whole group of players and staff and obviously the club have made a decision to let the manager go and bring in Quique.”We have to take responsibility, but we have to look forward now and do what the new manager wants to do and look forward to the rest of the season.” last_img read more


Young Nova Scotians Kick Off HighTech Treasure Hunt

first_imgYoung Nova Scotians are being encouraged to join a high-tech game of treasure hunting for limited edition coins through the province’s Community Access Program. Geocaching is played around the world by adventure seekers of all ages equipped with global positioning system devices. The goal is to locate treasures in containers, called geocaches, that are hidden outdoors, and report the find online. The treasure is sometimes a geocoin with an ID for tracking its movement online. In Nova Scotia, a new geocoin was launched today, Oct. 22. There are 250 of the special coins hidden in geocaches throughout the province, engaging thousands of Nova Scotia geocachers to explore parks, shorelines, waterfalls and other interesting locations. “This adventure game encourages young people to get outdoors and be active,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Geocaching is an exciting way of allowing Nova Scotians to make creative use of technology and learn about their environment at the same time.” Each of the copper and metal alloy geocoins is inscribed in both English and French. The GPS coordinates to find them are available at . Their movement from one geocache to another and from person to person can be viewed through logs and photos on the site. The geocoins were developed by the Halifax Regional Community Access Program Association in co-operation with the Department of Economic Development and the Nova Scotia Community Access Program. “We encourage all regions of the province to engage in geocaching and go beyond the computer screen, fostering healthy gaming habits and active lifestyles,” said Dan Robichaud, coordinator of the Halifax association. “This exciting project is an ideal fit with our Connecting Canadians initiative to make Canada the most technologically connected nation in the world.” The Community Access Program is a government of Canada initiative, administered by Industry Canada, that aims to provide Canadians with affordable public access to the Internet and the skills they need to use it effectively. With the combined efforts of the federal, provincial and territorial governments, community groups, social agencies, libraries, schools, volunteer groups and the business community, the program helps Canadians, wherever they live, take advantage of emerging opportunities in the new global knowledge-based economy.last_img read more


Water crisis Chennai water board looking at outofthe earth options

first_imgChennai: As Chennai grapples with the water crisis, the city metropolitan water supply and sewerage board might probably be looking at out-of-the-earth options, literally!The Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) board congratulated ISRO after its Chandrayaan-2 success and sought information from the space agency about water resources on the lunar surface. “Congrats @isro for #Chandrayaan2theMoon. We are in the process of augmenting new water resources for our city. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’If you find any water on the Moon, you know whom to call first,” the Metro Water tweeted. A team handling social media for the board told PTI that the move was part of efforts to engage with public. “We want to break barriers and get in touch with people of Chennai in a lively manner, instead of issuing mechanical replies and statements,” a member of the team said. Chennai Metro Water has been desperately tapping water resources all across Chennai. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn Tuesday, Metro Water officials received a second rake comprising 50 wagons of water from Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, around 200 kms from the city. The city had received the first rake containing 50 wagons, each carrying 50,000 litres of water, on July 12. From both the trains, Chennai would receive around 5.5 MLD of water, metro water officials said, adding two more such rakes have been sought from Southern Railway to supply about 10 MLD as promised by the State government.last_img read more



first_img19.ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES19CRIMINAL MINDS19.MARVEL’S INHUMANS TORONTO, June 4, 2018 /CNW/ – With the core television season now at a close, CTV revealed today that it is the most-watched Canadian television network in primetime for 17 years in a row. With an impressive four new series in the list of the country’s Top 10 most-watched programs of the year, the network is #1 across all key demos in daytime, primetime, and late-night. CTV ends the 2017/18 season with an overall average audience that is 48% larger than its closest competitor with A18-34, 43% for A18-49, and 38% with A25-54.For the eighth year in a row, CTV delivered the most-watched new television program of the year among A18-49 and A25-54 with YOUNG SHELDON. CTV owned the Top 4 new programs of the season with total viewers and all key demos, including YOUNG SHELDON, THE GOOD DOCTOR, and STATION 19. Instant viewer favourites, YOUNG SHELDON ended its inaugural season as the second most-watched series overall in Canada with all key demos, while THE GOOD DOCTORranks among the Top 3 programs overall for total viewers and A18-34.In addition, once again, flagship CTV series solidified their position as top performers in the 2017/18 season. THE BIG BANG THEORY was Canada’s most-watched series for the eighth year in a row, more than any other series on record, while GREY’S ANATOMY remains a Top 10 program after 14 life-saving seasons, and even experienced growth across all key demos. THIS IS US was the #1 sophomore series in the key demos and reached a series-high audience for its post-SUPER BOWL episode. As home to TV’s biggest events including the SUPER BOWL, the ACADEMY AWARDS®, the GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS, THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, and THE EMMY® AWARDS, CTV has 51% more live viewers than its closest competitor. In 2018, SUPERBOWL LII was the biggest television event of the year while the ACADEMY AWARDS was the most-watched entertainment event of the year.A look at the 2017/2018 Canadian Television Report Card:Canada’s Top New Programs, 2017/2018YOUNG SHELDON had the most-watched debut season for a comedy series on record for total viewers.With YOUNG SHELDON and THE GOOD DOCTOR, CTV delivered the Top 2 new programs overall with total viewers and across all demos.THE GOOD DOCTOR and STATION 19 are Canada’s top new dramas, with THE GOOD DOCTOR seeing audience growth throughout the season, up double digits from the premiere to the season finale.CTV’s original four-part original series THE INDIAN DETECTIVE was the #1 Canadian debut.Canada’s Top Returning Programs, 2017/2018THE BIG BANG THEORY is the #1 series with all demos for eight years in a row.THIS IS US is the most-watched sophomore series in the key demos, and ranks in the Top 5 with all key female demos, and is #2 among female millennials.GREY’S ANATOMY is a Top 10 program and consistent viewer favourite, showcasing growth this past season in all key demos.Currently in its fifth season, MASTERCHEF CANADA continues to rank in the Top 20 in all key demos.CTV EVENING NEWS is the #1 choice for news across Canada.ETALK continues to pace ahead of its Canadian competitor, including total viewers (+32%), A18-34 (+49%), A18-49 (29%), and A25-54 (+18%).Canada’s Top Event Programming, 2017/2018SUPERBOWL LII was the most-watched event of the year with total viewers and across all key demos.The ACADEMY AWARDS is the #1 entertainment event of the year with total viewers and across all key demos.THE EMMY® AWARDS ranks within Canada’s Top 10 most-watched events of the year and experienced 6% growth with total viewers and 16% growth with A25-54 over last season’s broadcast.THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS ranks among Canada’s Top 5 most-watched entertainment events of the year and experienced double-digit growth with total viewers (+20%), A18-49 (+23%), and A25-54 (+19%).The GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS ranks within Canada’s Top 3 most-watched entertainment events of the year with total viewers and all key demos.Numeris data also confirmed that CTV has six or more of the Top 10 programs in total viewers and all key demos. In addition, CTV has more Top 20 programs in key demos than all other competitors combined with 14/20 in the A18-34 demo alone.Canada’s Top 20 Most-Watched Programs(CTV Series in BOLD) 7.BIG BROTHER CANADA (Global)7.BIG BROTHER CANADA (Global)7.GREY’S ANATOMY RankA18-34RankA18-49RankA25-54 15.THE GIFTED15NCIS (Global)15.HNIC PRIME EAST (CBC) Advertisement 8.STATION 198.ROSEANNE8.BIG BROTHER CANADA (Global) 9.HNIC PRIME EAST (CBC)9.STATION 199.STATION 19 Advertisement Facebook 4.SURVIVOR (Global)4.THE GOOD DOCTOR4.THE GOOD DOCTOR 11.STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (Space)11STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (Space)11.BULL (Global) 5.GREY’S ANATOMY5.GREY’S ANATOMY5.THIS IS US 13.MASTERCHEF CANADA13HNIC PRIME EAST (CBC)13.NCIS (Global) 17.BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (City)17ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES17.MASTERCHEF CANADA 1.THE BIG BANG THEORY1.THE BIG BANG THEORY1.THE BIG BANG THEORY 16.LUCIFER16MARVEL’S INHUMANS16.ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES 3.THE GOOD DOCTOR3.SURVIVOR (Global)3.SURVIVOR (Global) .Source : Numeris, 2017-18 BYTD (Sep 18, 2017 – May 6, 2018). Primetime M-Su 7p-11p. Live Viewers based on A25-54 AMA. Regularly scheduled program minimum 5 airings per program. CTV Top 20 records incorporate data beginning in 2004; Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. 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Farmers to address Supreme Court in fight against abandoned wells

first_imgTABER, Alta. – A group with the support of thousands of farmers will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada to oppose a legal ruling that allows energy companies to walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land.The court announced Thursday that it will hear from the Action Surface Rights Association in an appeal of the so-called Redwater decision. It allows bankrupt energy companies to abandon wells during bankruptcy proceedings without having to clean up the sites.“It didn’t seem like anybody cared about the landowners’ position,” said Daryl Bennett, a farmer from Taber, Alta., and a member of the surface rights group, which asked the court to let it intervene.“Industry is able to walk away from the requirement to return the land back like it was when they first took it.”The 2016 ruling in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allows bankrupt energy companies to sever their connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when their assets are sold off for creditors. Since that decision, more than 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s energy regulator, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Alberta government and legal scholars have all warned about the consequences of that ruling.Bennett and his neighbours are living with the results. He said friends of his have four wells on their land, two of which have been cut loose.“The company has come in and they’ve said they don’t have to follow any of the terms of the lease any more,” he said. “They (farmers) can’t get a loan on their land because of existing pollution. There’s noxious weeds being spread from lease to lease by the operator. They can do whatever they want.“The land’s not being respected. The landowners aren’t being respected.”Farmers also lose out on promised lease payments. The Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, can’t keep up with the number of companies walking away.Bennett points out that farmers in Alberta can’t legally refuse an energy company that wants to drill on their land.“The head of the Alberta Energy Regulator has just come out and said the system is broken. If the system is broken, why are you still imposing it on landowners?”Jim Ellis has said the problem lies in federal legislation and a three-year economic downturn that has left many good-faith operators in dire straits. The original judge ruled that federal bankruptcy law takes precedence over provincial environmental rules.Bennett said his group has about 200 members. Its appearance before the court is supported, however, by farm groups across Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the National Farmers Union.The Alberta regulator has said it will examine the histories of companies and their directors applying for licences to drill a well. Staff will look for evidence of poor regulatory compliance or non-payment of bills such as taxes, royalties and other industry levies.Lawyers for the landowners are to address the Supreme Court on Feb. 15.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more


US stocks open lower on concerns over global growth

U.S. stocks edged lower in early trading Monday, extending losses from a broad sell-off last week, as new economic data stoked investors’ worries over slowing global growth.Technology companies accounted for much of the decline. Health care and energy stocks also helped pull the market lower. Chipmaker Nvidia dropped 1.5 per cent, UnitedHealth Group fell 1.5 per cent and Halliburton gave up 1.7 per cent.Industrial companies led the gainers. Norfolk Southern gained 1.2 per cent.A sharp decline in bond yields last week also fueled the wave of selling.China, the world’s second-largest economy after the United States, is weakening. And other economies that depend heavily on purchases in China have suffered as a result.On Monday, another survey showed that business economists foresee a significant slowdown in U.S. growth over the next two years. That’s in sharp contrast to the Trump administration’s predictions that growth will accelerate in the coming years.The market’s recent skid follows what has been a strong start to the year on Wall Street as stocks rebounded from a steep slide at the end of 2018. The bull market for U.S. stocks recently marked its 10th anniversary and is now the longest of all time.Monday’s shaky start to the week for markets came amid a lull in news on the tariffs war between the United States and China. Trade talks are due to resume Thursday in Beijing.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 110 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 25,391 as of 10:10 a.m. Eastern Time. The S&P 500 index dropped 0.4 per cent, the Nasdaq composite lost 0.7 per cent and the Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks slid 0.4 per cent.Despite the market’s recent slide, the S&P 500 index is still up more than 11 per cent so far in 2019, which is still an unusually strong start to a year.ECONOMIC JITTERS: Citing a global slowdown and trade conflicts, economists from the National Association for Business Economics collectively project that growth will reach a modest 2.4 this year and just 2 per cent in 2020. Still, the economists say they think a recession remains unlikely any time soon.Worried investors have shifted money into bonds, sending yields lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury slid to 2.42 per cent from 2.45 per cent late Friday.That remains below the yield on the three-month Treasury bill, currently 2.45 per cent, a worrying sign that in the past has preceded recessions. That “inversion” occurred on Friday and has spooked investors.BLACKOUT AVERTED: Media company Viacom rose 5.1 per cent after the company reached a carriage deal with AT&T that would avert a blackout of its channels including Comedy Central and MTV to AT&T customers.DOWNGRADED: Akamai Technologies slid 5.1 per cent after analysts at Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to “Sell” from “Hold,” citing expectations that sales and earnings will fall short Wall Street forecasts through fiscal 2021.OVERSEAS: Major European stock indexes headed lower as uncertainty over Brexit continued. British Prime Minister Theresa May was under intense pressure to resign as the price of breaking the country’s Brexit impasse and winning support for her unpopular EU divorce deal.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press read more


Twin doing well after liver transplant docs

Doctors from Sick Kids and Toronto General hospitals say a three year old Kingston girl is recovering well after receiving a liver transplant.Michael Wagner could only donate part of his liver to his daughter Phuoc earlier this year, so the family appealed for a second donor for her twin sister Binh. The family announced yesterday that Binh’s transplant had taken place, but the donor wanted to remain anonymous.Their parents say the donor has changed their lives forever. At a news conference, Michael thanked the donor who “put their life on the line for someone they never met and changed our lives forever. Just as these little girls came into our lives, we promised them we would do everything. And we did it.”Mother Joanne Wagner: “Thank you so much for your unselfishness, for what you’ve done for Binh… there’s no other word than ‘thank you’, and thank you to the team at Sick Kids who has been such a great support since the beginning.”Both girls have Alagille Syndrome which affects the liver, heart and other vital organs. It’s also National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, and the Trillium Network has issued an urgent appeal for people to sign donor cards.Becoming a donor is a very easy process. It only takes two minutes; all you need is your health card and to be at least 16 years old. Find out more at the Be A Donor website. read more


Tsuu Tina Nations largest ever sportsplex breaks ground

Tsuu T’ina Nation’s largest ever sportsplex breaks ground by Stephanie Froese Posted Jul 30, 2015 7:49 am MDT Last Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 8:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Give it a couple years, but the battle to find ice for hockey in Calgary may soon be a little alleviated. The sod-turning ceremony for a news sportsplex on the Tsuu T’ina First Nation took place Wednesday. The All Chief’s Sportsplex will have two rinks, seating for 5,000 people, and other fitness facilities.Spokesperson Kevin Littelight told City News, this will replace the former Sarcee Seven Chiefs Arena which closed last winter to make way for the new ring road in the southwest.“It’s the biggest project, next to the road, to date and something to give back to the community, so it means a lot in terms of its sheer size and the positive impact on the community,” he said.“A lot of our kids play with Calgary teams and Calgary communities and it’s quite a catalyst to keep us going as a partnership with Calgarians in building our sports spirit.”All Chief’s Sportsplex is schedule to come online in 2017, with the full community centre project to cost about $48-million. The sod-turning ceremony for a new All Chief’s Sportsplex on the Tsuu T’ina First Nation – July 30, 2015 Stefan Andersen, Andrea Lawrence read more


Promoting UK automotive is key to its future success

Everyone in the UK automotive industry needs to play their part in marketing and promoting the sector as effectively as possible.These were the closing thoughts of Joe Greenwell CBE, CEO of the Automotive Investment Organisation, at the SMMT International Automotive Summit. He commented that the facts show the industry is growing and will continue to grow, so we must do what we can to dispel the myth that there is no automotive industry in the UK.He stated that we need to highlight successes of the UK, such as the recent news that new car registrations are up for 27 consecutive months and that manufacturing is continuing to rise.Joe Greenwell also noted that promoting the successes of the sector will help to attract investment and reshore the supply chain. Ensuring that the UK has a strong domestic supply chain will guarantee the continuing growth and success of the industry.Organisations such as the Automotive Council and Automotive Investment Organisation are working with SMMT to make certain the industry continues its success by strengthening the supply chain through events such as Meet the Buyer. The organisations are also working together so there is a skilled workforce to continue to produce the quality products that are rolling off our production lines.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Big Ten Championship window open but not for Urban Meyers Buckeyes

Heading into the 2012 season, Ohio State’s ban from the Big Ten Football Championship Game didn’t seem so bad. Coming off its first losing season since 1988, turning around to win the conference title in one season seemed like a very tough task in a conference with four other teams ranked ahead of the Buckeyes. However, three of those four teams have already lost one game just two weeks into the college football season. Now, the Big Ten looks very winnable for the Buckeyes ­­- except for the fact that they are still ineligible to win. The Big Ten’s top-ranked team in the preseason, Michigan, which was ranked No. 8 in the preseason Associated Press top 25 poll, has gotten off to a very rough start. Michigan was blown out by a score of 41-14 in its season-opening game against Alabama, and struggled to a 31-25 victory over Air Force last Saturday. While Michigan at least won its game last week, two other Big Ten favorites were not so lucky, losing road games to Pac-12 Conference opponents. Wisconsin suffered a 10-7 defeat in a close game at Oregon State, while Nebraska lost 36-30 at UCLA. The Big Ten’s stature among major conferences has taken several hits over the first two weeks, but the Buckeyes are off to a 2-0 start, and have risen to No. 12 in the AP top 25. Only one Big Ten team, No. 10-ranked Michigan State, still stands ahead of OSU in that poll. Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska all still have teams strong enough to regroup and win the Big Ten, but behind Michigan State, the conference already looks wide open. Now, what could have been a blessing in disguise for the Buckeyes in gearing up for a more realistic championship run in 2013 instead seems like a missed opportunity. This is especially true because of how weak the Leaders Division looks. There are only four teams in the Leaders Division eligible to play in the conference championship game, as Penn State, which does not look like it would have factored in anyway after a 0-2 start, is also ineligible, while in its first season of a four-year postseason ban. That leaves Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana as the only four teams that could represent the Leaders Division in the conference’s championship game on Dec. 1 in Indianapolis. Wisconsin came into the season as the overwhelming favorite, but its loss follows a struggle to a 26-21 win in its season-opener against Northern Iowa. Among the other three teams, only Indiana stands at 2-0 thus far, and although it has already won one more game than it did in all of 2011, both wins have come against teams that did not play in the Football Bowl Subdivision last season. Unless Wisconsin has a drastic turnaround from its first two games of the season, the Leaders Division has set up perfectly for OSU to finish first. The Buckeyes can still earn a trophy and the distinction of being Leaders Division champions, but that hardly matters in the big picture of the situation, because when December rolls around, they still will not be representing the division in the conference title game. Buckeyes coaches and players are unlikely to admit it, but it has to sting to see a window of opportunity opening wide for them to play for their conference’s biggest title, but be barred from capitalizing upon that opportunity. Instead, it appears increasingly likely that the winner of the Leaders Division will be in for a defeat at the hands of Michigan State, or whichever team finishes atop the Big Ten’s Legends Division, when the championship game comes around. read more


Global Cobalt starts drill and technical work program at Karakul cobalt project

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 21 prefeasibility studies, 14 feasibility studies, and 30 projects in development, six new mines that have gone into production, seven existing operations that are expanding and six merger and acquisition announcements, and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 34 gold projects, 19 copper projects, 11 silver projects, nine coal, seven iron ore, four graphite and uranium, three nickel, lead, zinc, tin and rare earth projects, two cobalt, diamond and aluminium and one molybdenum, palladium, titanium, vanadium, bismuth, tungsten, niobium and tantalum. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Global Cobalt has started a fully funded drill and technical work program at the Karakul cobalt project located in the Altai Republic Russia. The intent of the program is to validate the historic Soviet resources, expand the area included in the current mine permit and increase the metallurgical understanding of the project.Carpathian Gold, the exploration and development company, has entered into an agreement with Cormark Securities and Macquarie Capital Markets Canada, which have agreed to purchase, on a bought deal private placement basis, 114,500,000 common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately C$16.0 million. In addition, the company has granted the Co-Lead Underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 24,250,000 shares at the Offering Price exercisable two days prior to closing of the Offering for additional gross proceeds in the amount of up to approximately C$3.4 million. Carpathian primary business interest is developing near-term gold production on its 100% owned Riacho dos Machados (RDM) gold project in Brazil, which is currently focused on construction, along with progressing its exploration and development plans on its 100% owned Rovina Valley Au-Cu Project (RVP) located in Romania.BHP Billiton is investing $2.6 billion to finish the excavation and lining of the Jansen Potash project production and service shafts, and to continue the installation of essential surface infrastructure and utilities. This investment will be spread over a number of years, with completion of both shafts expected during the 2016 calendar year, while the associated works program will extend into the 2017 calendar year.Trevali Mining has begun zinc and lead-silver concentrate production from the metallurgical plant at the Santander mine in Peru. The crushing, transform, grinding, flotation and tailing circuits are all operational and undergoing commissioning and optimisation.Big North Graphite has completed its first graphite sale.  The company recently sold 200 t of amorphous graphite, mined from its Nuevo San Pedro mine and additional feed mines located in Sonora Mexico, to a customer within Mexico.  The graphite sold was a mine run, semi-processed product, consisting of a minus 19 mm size, yielding an average grade of 68% Cg.  The mined graphite was processed at Big North’s processing facility located near the town of La Colorada, Mexico. The company commenced test mining at the Nuevo San Pedro project in May of this year and in July  announced that it had mined, shipped and stockpiled 160 t of graphite, leading to the sale of product this month.last_img read more